Gerard De Jode. Nova Totius Europae Tabula...1578
DE JODE, Gerard (1509-1591).
Nova Totius Europae Tabula...
Antwerp, c. 1578 from Speculum Orbis Terrae.
16 3/4" x 22 1/2" sheet, 28 1/2" x 33 3/4" framed.
Comparable: Old World Auctions, 2014 - $5,175.
Gerard De Jode's rare map of Europe, which was issued only in the second edition of the Speculum Orbis Terarrum.
The map includes a massive Terra Nova Zembla, several Northeast Passages and a number of the great mythical islands of the Atlantic, including S. Brandain, Bresil and Frislandt.
A large inset includes 20 costumed figures, representing the dress of various European inhabitants.
Gerard De Jode (1509-1591) was a pre-eminent mapmaker in the late seventeenth century, a time when the Dutch dominated the map trade. He was known for his many maps, some of which featured in Speculum Orbis Terrae (first edition Antwerp: 1578). Although never as successful as Ortelius’ Theatrum, the Speculum did get republished in a second edition in 1593, two years after De Jode’s death, by Arnold Coninx, and included this map. After his death, Gerard’s son, Cornelis (1568-1600), and his wife, Paschina, ran the shop. Unfortunately, Cornelis died young in 1600, aged only 32, and the stock and plates were sold to the publisher Joan Baptista Vrients.